Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

This animation illustrates Jupiter’s magnetic field at a single moment in time. The Great Blue Spot, an-invisible-to-the-eye concentration of magnetic field near the equator, stands out as a particularly strong feature. The gray lines (called field lines) show the field’s direction in space, and the depth of the color on the planet’s surface corresponds to the strength of the magnetic field. Dark red and dark blue correspond to strong positive and strong negative fields, respectively).

Video Credit: NASA

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

This sequence of images was taken on 29 October as the Juno spacecraft performed its 16th close flyby of Jupiter. Juno was between 18,400 and 51,000 km the planet’s cloud tops. A cloud in the shape of a dolphin appears to be swimming through the cloud bands along the South South Temperate Belt.

Image Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech /SwRI / MSSS / Brian Swift / Seán Doran

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Clouds on Jupiter

This color-enhanced image was taken by the Juno spacecraft as it made its 16th close flyby of Jupiter. It was taken about 7,000 km above the cloud tops at a latitude around 40° N. The picture shows several bright-white “pop-up” clouds as well as an anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval.

Image Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran